ERIC Number: ED419424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of the Implementation of the Literacy Component of the First Steps Project in WA.
A survey of 150 schools in Western Australia asked principals, teachers, and parents about the extent to which the First Steps program literacy component was operating in their schools and their perceptions of the results of the implementation. The First Steps program is designed to support the development of literacy and numeracy among "at-risk" students. Results indicate that: almost all schools were implementing the program in grades K-7; more rural schools valued the professional development program; the most valued aspects of the program were the professional development courses, ELAN teachers (in schools with high proportions of aboriginal students), and Focus Teachers; the program has affected at least a moderate amount of change; teachers felt they were given a wider range of teaching strategies and increased confidence; Focus Teachers had a more positive view of the program's value and the extent of its implementation than teachers in general; most parents saw moderate or major positive changes as a result of the program; and common changes to student attitude include greater enthusiasm about language and reading programs, less dependence on teachers, less frustration, and more confident in taking risks. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education, Numeracy, Parent Attitudes, Principals, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Staff Development, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australia Education Dept., Perth.
Identifiers - Location: Australia